What is Rohit Sharma’s record at the Asia Cup Finals?

image-lmn4db3dIndian skipper, Rohit Sharma (AP News)

Rohit Sharma has showcased exceptional form throughout the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 tournament, leading up to this pivotal final. In five matches, he has amassed a total of 194 runs at an impressive average of 48.50, accompanied by a striking strike rate of 107.78. Although Rohit faced an early setback in the tournament's opening group match, being bowled for 11 by Shaheen Afridi, he rebounded strongly with three consecutive half-centuries.

His notable performances include an unbeaten 74 off 59 balls during the resounding 10-wicket victory over Nepal, a classy 56 off 49 against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super 4 stage, and a well-crafted 53 off 48 balls against Sri Lanka. However, there was a rare blip when he was dismissed for a duck in the game against Bangladesh.

What is Rohit Sharma’s record at the Asia Cup Finals?

  • Asia Cup 2008: Rohit was part of the Indian team that faced Sri Lanka in the final held in Karachi. Unfortunately, India suffered a significant defeat, as Sri Lanka posted a formidable total of 273, thanks to Sanath Jayasuriya's brilliant century (125 off 114 balls). In the chase, mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis wreaked havoc, claiming 6 wickets for just 13 runs. Rohit, batting at No.6, was one of Mendis' victims, trapped lbw for 3 off 8 balls.
  • Asia Cup 2010: In the final held in Dambulla, India emerged victorious against Sri Lanka, winning by a margin of 81 runs. Rohit played a crucial role, contributing 41 off 52 balls as India posted 268/6 while batting first. Dinesh Karthik top-scored with 66 runs off 48 deliveries, and Ashish Nehra's 4/40 helped India dismiss Sri Lanka for 187.
  • T20 Asia Cup 2016: Rohit was part of the Indian squad that clinched the T20 Asia Cup by defeating Bangladesh in the final in Mirpur. Although he was dismissed for just 1 run off 5 balls, India successfully chased down a target of 121 with ease. Shikhar Dhawan (60 off 44), Virat Kohli (41* off 28), and skipper MS Dhoni (20* off 6) played pivotal roles in securing the title with an eight-wicket victory.
  • Asia Cup 2018: With Virat Kohli resting during the 2018 Asia Cup, Rohit led the Indian team to yet another title triumph. India faced Bangladesh in a thrilling final in Dubai, ultimately winning by three wickets. In the chase of 223, Rohit top-scored with 48 runs off 55 balls before being dismissed by Rubel Hossain. Kedar Jadhav (23* off 27) held his nerve and guided India to a dramatic last-ball victory.

As Rohit Sharma prepares to lead India into the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka, fans worldwide eagerly await this high-stakes encounter at the R. Premadasa Stadium, with hopes of witnessing another memorable chapter in Rohit's illustrious captaincy journey. India are determined to secure their seventh Asia Cup title in the ODI format and their eighth title overall, as they previously triumphed in the 2016 edition in the T20I format.